Why the Youth Are Avoiding Politics

Photo credit: Michael Coghlan

Photo credit: Michael Coghlan

Young people just aren’t getting involved anymore. And you really can’t blame them.

Yes, you heard that right: I’m defending lack of youth participation in politics.

It’s not that the next generation has no sense of public service or greater social responsibility. In fact, the opposite is true. They just don’t trust in the government to effect real change. And are they so wrong in their distrust? After all, they voted for hope and change. For peace. For transparency. And what did they get? A government that persecutes whistleblowers with a vengeance. More wars. More of the same across the board, with no hope in sight.

The youth, it seems, have predicted the future, and by doing so will render it a self-fulfilling prophecy. The future in question: we’re moving towards a voluntary world. The era where all of society’s great issues are dealt with by abdicating to government is over. Now, today’s young folk are doing precisely what is required to build a brilliant future: taking said future directly into their own hands.

So don’t bemoan Gen Y’s flight from involvement in the system. The leaders of tomorrow are simply building their own system of dealing with the world’s challenges. And they’re going to be just fine.

Joël Valenzuela
Joël Valenzuela
Joël Valenzuela is the editor of The Desert Lynx. He is also the founder of the Rights Brigade, a mover for the Free State Project, and a martial art instructor.
  • The government of today is 18th century technology, barely even factory model. Soon the internet polycentric model will become second nature to people, so something has to give.

    • Yes, I see that happening too. Sooner than either of us know.

  • Hmmm, I think today’s generation is reading too much Huff Post nonsense, playing video war games, they’re apathetic and don’t know a thing about “OLD SCHOOL VALUES”. Sorry but I’m seeing a generation of entitlement, drug dependence, and for some races nothing has changed, the ignorant are still ignorant.

    Government of hope and change? Can you name one thing the government is good at doing? Anything? Okay, I give, the Post Office, they’ve actually quickened the slow pace shuffle. Frankly, we need to reduce the government by 60% and let the private sector compete for better schools/teachers, highways, taxes, energy independence, gas prices, and how about a Budget! We need to stop funding and participating in war games. I could go on and on with the list but then it would only seek to confuse generation Y.